Breaking the Curtain
By Breaking the Curtain
"Breaking the Curtain” features everything from Musical Theatre Show History episodes, Interviews with Broadway and West End creatives, the latest theatre news from around the globe, and of course, stagey ramblings!
Ep55 - Catching Up with Andrew Polec
We catch up with 2021 Lotte Lenya Competition Winner, Andrew Polec! Andrew starred as Strat in the original company of Bat Out of Hell: the Musical, Berger in Hair, and most recently took on the titular role of the Grinch at The Old Globe. When we spoke with Andrew, he was getting ready for his last few shows as the Grinch, and took some time out of his busy schedule to catch up with us about performing during a global pandemic, getting his Masters degree, and much more!
January 25, 2022
Ep54 - The Life and Legacy of Jonathan Larson
This story takes place in the winter of 1996 in New York City. Inside the fourth floor of an apartment building on the corner of Greenwich and Spring Street in lower Manhattan is 35-year-old composer Jonathan Larson who’s preparing for the first preview of his new show; RENT. He will soon become the future of musical theatre, but the world doesn’t know that yet… And unfortunately, Jonathan would never live to see the success of his work. Join Cris and Joce as they dive deep into the life and legacy of Jonathan Larson.
January 22, 2022
Ep53 - Once Upon a December Updates
It's time to unwrap our Stagey Holiday Gift Guide! Join Crissy and Jocelyn as they chat about the HOTTEST theatre news around the world from the upcoming NBC event - Annie Live! to the new Gatsby musical across the pond. They also share what made their 'must-have stagey gift list', and so much more on the final updates episode for Season 2 of Breaking the Curtain!
December 01, 2021
Ep52 - Show History: SPRING AWAKENING
We've all got our junk, and our junk is Spring Awakening! On this Show History episode, we're going all the way back to Broadway 2006 to discuss everyones favourite teenage angsty musical: Spring Awakening. We really hope we don't 'totally f*ck' it up!
November 20, 2021
Ep51 - Holiday Drinks in A Grande Cup
Happy November Stagey Friends! On this update episode we tackle all of the latest news and exciting topics in Theatre Land including a heavy discussion about the Wicked film casting announcement, the return of the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade, a potential 'royal' theatre disaster, our favourite holiday drinks and so much more!
November 08, 2021
Ep50 - Bat Out of Hell Interview Series: KILLIAN THOMAS LEFEVRE
In this final episode of our Bat Out of Hell The Musical Interview Mini Series we're joined by Killian Thomas Lefevre who plays Tink in the new UK & Ireland touring production! Listener beware, we drop some major plot spoilers throughout.
October 31, 2021
Ep49 - Bat Out of Hell Interview Series: GLENN ADAMSON & MARTHA KIRBY
We're back with a very exciting third episode in our Bat Out of Hell The Musical Interview Mini Series! This time we're joined by the leads of the show, Glenn Adamson and Martha Kirby to chat all about their journey as Strat and Raven in the UK & Ireland touring production!
October 28, 2021
Ep48 - Bat Out of Hell Interview Series: SHARON SEXTON & ROB FOWLER
In this very exciting second episode in our Bat Out of Hell The Musical Interview Mini Series, we're joined by Original Cast Members, Sharon Sexton and Rob Fowler to chat all about their journey from the beginning all the way to starring in the UK & Ireland touring production!
October 21, 2021
Ep47 - Bat Out of Hell Interview Series: KELLIE GNAUCK & DANNY WHELAN
In this very exciting first episode in our Bat Out of Hell The Musical Interview Mini Series, we're joined by performers, Kellie Gnauck and Danny Whelan to chat all about their roles as Valkyrie and LeDoux in the UK & Ireland touring production!
October 14, 2021
Ep46 - Show History: DANCE OF THE VAMPIRES
Join us as we sink our teeth into the history behind yet another spooky musical: Dance of the Vampires! Is there anything more terrifying than a very expensive flop? We think not! This campy musical, based on the Roman Polanski film The Fearless Vampire Killers, follows Professor Abronsius and his bumbling assistant Alfred as they attempt to prove the existence of vampires in Transylvania. Alfred falls for innkeeper's daughter Sarah, unaware that she is being pursued by the mysterious Count von Krolock.
October 12, 2021
Ep45 - Show History: LIZZIE
Lizzie Borden took an axe, gave her mother forty whacks. When she saw what she had done, she gave her father forty-one... On this Show History episode, we hang up our LaDuca shoes and take a stab at True Crime. Join us as we look into the real-life case of Lizzie Borden, who inspired the musical LIZZIE; an American mythology set to a blistering rock score with a sound owing less to Sondheim and Andrew Lloyd Webber than to Bikini Kill, the Runaways, and Heart.
October 10, 2021
Ep44 - Isn't It Ironic? We Didn't Watch the Tonys
It's our Tony Awards episode-ish! Join us as we discuss our highlights, Best Dressed, and shame the fact the ceremony was put behind a paywall! Ah, Tony Season...
October 03, 2021
Ep43 - October Updates
Hello Spooky Friends! It's October and we've got some exciting news... Listen to find out!
October 02, 2021
Ep42 - Show History: GREASE
You better shape up and sharpen your pencils, 'cause we’re taking it all the way back to the Class of 1959 for this Show History lesson! Join Cris and Joce as they hand-jive their way through all the exciting Grease milestones.
September 22, 2021
Ep41 - Scouting Out September
Happy September, Stagey Friends! On this episode we discuss the latest adventure in our lives as well as all of the exciting Theatre News around the globe!
September 07, 2021
Ep40 - Celebrating One Year of Podcasting
THANK YOU FOR SPENDING 525600 MINUTES WITH US! Today is 1 Year since we began our podcast journey and we couldn't be more grateful for everyone who listens to our theatre ramblings, joins us for interviews, messages us about our episodes, etc… We love you, stagey friends! Enjoy the episode full of our favourite podcast moments, news about future episodes, and even a blooper reel! Thank you!!!
August 17, 2021
Ep39 - All Things Savage the Musical with Nicolette Blount & Lindel Hart
Join Jocelyn and Cris as they sit down with Nicolette Blount (Creator, Composer, Book Writer, and Lyricist of Savage the Musical) & Lindel Hart (Book Writer) Savage is a new musical based on a true story about Chickasaw Sharpshooter, Wanda Savage in the 1920s. She went from being a widowed single mom, to the circus, to Vaudeville, to Hollywood, to a dirty brothel. A redemption story about her loves, losses, fame, regrets, hopes, & survival in a world that chewed her up & spit her out. She was ahead of her time. She knew what she wanted and sacrificed everything to get it. Listen to the EP: https://open.spotify.com/album/0jAOeNaN4Uvr8C3487jUFv?si=mcgLo5slT9KNNwgrYZpCKA&dl_branch=1
August 16, 2021
Ep38 - All We Ask of MEGHAN PICERNO
Christine... Christine... We chat all things the Phantom of the Opera with Broadway's current Christine Daaé, Meghan Picerno! Meghan Picerno is an American theatre actress and coloratura soprano opera singer. She is known for her role as Christine Daaé in the US Premiere and 1st National Tour of Andrew Lloyd Webber's Love Never Dies.
August 12, 2021
Ep37 - An August Rush
Happy August, Stagey Friends! It's officially our 'podcastiversary' month! Join us for this updates episode to hear all about the wonderful digital shows we watched over the past few weeks, upcoming events, ways you can share your own story on our podcast... And so much more!
August 01, 2021
Ep36 - Catching Up with AVIONCE HOYLES
In this very special episode, we had the opportunity to interview Avionce Hoyles, who is one of our absolute favourite humans! We chat with Avionce all about his time as Tink in the North American productions of Jim Steinman's Bat Out of Hell the Musical, playing Gator in the National Tour of Memphis the Musical, his recent performance on America's Got Talent, and his project, the Next Generation Young Artist Showcase - listen to hear how you can get involved! ngyas.org
July 26, 2021
Ep35 - Stage Door Stories
Join us as we discuss ‘Stage Door Tips and Tricks’, etiquette, share our own favourite memories, and read our first batch of Stage Door Listener Stories!
July 19, 2021
Ep34 - Show History: BIG FISH with MY FAVORITE FLOP
What's better than chatting about a Broadway flop? Chatting about a Broadway flop with our friends Bobby & Kristina of MY FAVORITE FLOP! Join Jocelyn, Bobby, and Kristina as they discuss BIG FISH and why it's classified as a 'flop.' MY FAVORITE FLOP is a podcast hosted by Bobby and Kristina, who dive deep into the fathomless files of Broadway history to explore yet another fabulous flop. From Annie 2 to Zombie Prom, they'll leave no stone unturned until every single musical misfit is unearthed, redeemed, and finally gets invited to the Prom. (No pig's blood, please!)
July 14, 2021
Ep33 - Show History: BAT OUT OF HELL THE MUSICAL
In honour in Jim Steinman, we've reworked our original Bat Out of Hell: the Musical Show History episode script to bring you a more detailed timeline of events leading up to the creation of this rock 'n' roll night at the theatre! Bat Out of Hell is a post-apocalyptic rock and roll love story. Set in a dystopian future, the island of Manhattan; renamed Obsidian, has floated out to sea and is now under the reign of Falco; the tyrannical ruler set on ‘revitalizing’ the city. Living in the abandoned subway tunnels underneath the city are a group of genetically-altered teenagers, known as The Lost, who are frozen at the age of eighteen. When Strat; the reckless, rebellious leader, meets Falco’s sheltered daughter, Raven on the eve of her eighteenth birthday, the stars align and they fall head first into the wonder of first love.
June 23, 2021
Ep32 - Show History: HEATHERS
Hey Corn Nuts! Step into our Candy Store! Continuing with our Heathers 3-Part Series, we've dedicated an entire episode to the creation of Heathers The Musical! Slap on a swatch and grab a Diet Coke, we're about to motor right into this wacky cult-classic!
June 13, 2021
Ep31 - Freeze Your Brain with SIMON GORDON
Greetings and Salutations! On this episode, we're joined by Simon Gordon, who plays the role of 'JD' in the upcoming U.K. tour of Heathers the Musical! Slap on your Swatch, sit back with a slushie and enjoy as we chat all about Heathers! It's so very!
June 08, 2021
Ep30 - June Is Bustin' Out All Over!
Welcome to yet another stagey end of the month ramble where we give you the 411 on the latest theatre news! Broadway IS back! Two new productions of Heathers opening in the UK?! We have to PAY to watch the Tony Awards?! Listen for all the updates!
June 01, 2021
Ep29 - An Exclusive Look Into FOR TONIGHT: A NEW MUSICAL
As you know, Breaking the Curtain loves new musicals! Join Cris and Joce as they sit down with Spencer Williams and Shenelle Salcido, co-writers of the new musical, For Tonight! The group is also joined by Joseph Perdue, the orchestrator working with the team on the U.K concept album being released this summer! For Tonight is a new, original, musical inspired by the writer's third great grandfather's handwritten journal. Through a riveting score, the atmospheric soundscape blends traditional Welsh choral, indie-pop, folk, and Romani inspired melodies and rhythms. At its core, For Tonight is an exploration of the power and meaning of home. Enjoy this exclusive listen and look into For Tonight!
May 29, 2021
Ep28 - Dream Musicals
What's your dream musical? Join us as we countdown our Top 5 Dream Musicals based on pre-existing material (books, films, musician, etc!) Listen to find out which one of us wants a "Brucebox Bruceical"...
May 18, 2021
Ep27 - A Lot of Livin' to Do with BOBBY RYDELL
In honour of the 58th Anniversary of the iconic film version of Bye Bye Birdie, we sat down with Bobby Rydell who played the role of Hugo Peabody! Teen idol, Bobby Rydell ruled late-’50s charts with hits like “Volare,” “Wild One,” “Kissin’ Time,” and “Forget Him.” He was so influential up through the early ’60s that the high school in Grease was even named after him! Bobby has gone on to sell over 25 million records including more than 30 Top 100 hits.
May 06, 2021
Ep26 - It's Maaaaay! Broadway's back?
I'm the month you want! It's me, it's Maaaaay! Welcome to yet another stagey end of the month ramble where we give you the 411 on the latest theatre news! Broadway's coming back? New RENT Documentary? Listen for all the updates!
May 03, 2021
Ep25 - Show History: WAITRESS
Discover 'what baking can do' in our latest Show History episode all about Broadway's favourite 'baked from the heart' musical, Waitress! Waitress is a musical with music and lyrics by Sara Bareilles and a book by Jessie Nelson. The musical is based on the 2007 film of the same name, written by Adrienne Shelly. It tells the story of Jenna Hunterson, a baker and waitress in an abusive relationship with her husband, Earl. After Jenna unexpectedly becomes pregnant, she sees a pie baking contest and its grand prize as her chance.
April 30, 2021
Ep24 - Wishing Our Lives Were Like A Musical with I WISH MY LIFE WERE LIKE A MUSICAL (ALEXANDER S. BERMANGE, LUCAS RUSH, AND CHARLOTTE ANNE STEEN)
I Wish My Life Were Like A Musical is a sparkling musical revue lifts the lid on the highs and lows of life as a musical theatre performer. From voice-straining high notes to limb-spraining high kicks, via on-stage smooches and off-stage feuds, this laugh-out-loud caper takes in the journey from wide-eyed drama school graduate to difficult diva (or past-it chorus member). We had the opportunity to chat with comedy album chart-topper Alexander S. Bermange, and West End regulars Lucas Rush and Charlotte Anne Steen who star in this brilliant musical. We're also fortunate to give our listeners at sneak peek at two songs from the show! Booking a ticket will allow you to stream the show on demand from 22 April - 12 May through King's Head Theatre!
April 21, 2021
Ep23 - Nothin' But a Good Time with CONSTANTINE MAROULIS
We wanna rock! Join us for this very exciting Show History episode where we talk all about the five-time Tony Nominated Musical ROCK OF AGES in honour of the 12 Anniversary with our special guest, the Original Broadway Drew, Constantine Maroulis! Constantine's New Album 'Until I'm Wanted': https://ffm.to/wdyaypd Rock of Ages Reunion Concert: https://www.stellartickets.com/o/rock-of-ages/events/rock-of-ages-live-all-star-reunion-concert
April 19, 2021
Ep22 - Life is a Cabaret? April Updates + Exclusive Announcement
We're back! Join us as we reflect on the past month and spill all the details about our upcoming podcast guests, including a very special announcement at the end of the episode!
April 06, 2021
Ep21 - A Backstage Glimpse into THE BROADWAY CAST REUNION SERIES
Today we’re joined by Lee Lessack and Robert Bannon, who are the wonderful hosts of The Broadway Cast Reunion Series which gives audiences a chance to do what they may never have done before: visit “backstage” with cast members and hear personal, hilarious, unscripted stories and gossip!
March 24, 2021
Ep20 - Chatting with Casting Director KATE LUMPKIN
We’re so thrilled to have Kate Lumpkin join us! We were so fortune to have met Kate while working on The Mad Ones Lab this past year. Kate is the Founder of and Lead Casting Director at Kate Lumpkin Casting, CSA. Collectively, as a casting professional, she has worked on over 40 TV/Film productions and 80 theatrical productions in New York City and across the USA. Her credits include fan favourite shows such as the National Tour of Bandstand and the off-Broadway production of We Are The Tigers. Kate teaches workshops in New York and at numerous Colleges and Universities. She is a private coach to clients all around the world.
March 23, 2021
Ep19 - There's No Biz Like Showbiz with XENA GUSTHART; THE SHOWBIZ CLINIC
Xena Gusthart is a Broadway and West End choreographer living between New York and London. She choreographs, holds rehearsals and does castings for large stage shows and musicals. Xena’s credits include dancing and choreographing for, Kylie Minogue, Rita Ora, Nike, Adidas, Bat Out of Hell and Bodyguard The Musical amongst many others. We sat down with Xena to chat all about her latest project; The Showbiz Clinic - the place where showbiz entrepreneurs go to level up, achieve real momentum and harness their mindset!
March 12, 2021
Ep18 - Strong Female Theatre Characters
HAPPY INTERNATIONAL WOMEN'S DAY! We chat all about our favourite female characters in theatre, share our frustration about fan culture frowning upon certain strong female roles, and simply gush about our love of all women!
March 08, 2021
Ep17 - A Conversation with CONNIE ROTELLA; TRIPLE THREAT ACADEMY
On this episode, we are joined by Director, Producer, and Creator, Connie Rotella! Connie has been dancing, teaching, choreographing and directing professionally for the past twenty five years, working in different styles of dance and performance, on film, television and stage. Closest to her heart has been representing and helping young up-and-coming performers get established in their careers. Amongst many credits, Connie has directed and produced hit shows such as Forever Broadway, Musical Show Off, Panto, and many more with her production company BronCon since 2010. Musical Theatre is her passion, directing is a dream for her upcoming musical she wants to write. Connie Rotella joins us today to chat about her latest project; Triple Threat Academy!
March 05, 2021
Ep16 - Getting CARRIE'd Away with CHRISTY ALTOMARE
Join us as we chat all things Carrie: The Musical Revival with CHRISTY ALTOMARE! Christy portrayed the role of Sue Snell in the reimagined MCC Theater off-Broadway production of Carrie. She made her Broadway debut as Sophie in Mamma Mia!, and also starred as Wendla in the national tour of Spring Awakening. Most recently, Christy originated the titular role in the Broadway premiere of Anastasia!
March 03, 2021
Ep15 - A Stagey Valentine's Day Special
HAPPY VALENTINE'S DAY! In this episode, the gals chat all about their favourite romance musicals, couples, love songs, character crushes, and share juicy real life theatre romance stories!
February 14, 2021
Ep14 - A Beautiful Conversation with CHILINA KENNEDY
On this episode of Breaking the Curtain, we're joined by the wonderful CHILINA KENNEDY to talk about her experience playing the role of Carole King in Beautiful: The Carole King Musical!
February 04, 2021
Ep13 - Bat Out of Hell The Musical: Reunion (DANIELLE STEERS, BEN PURKISS, SIMON GORDON)
Get ready to feel All Revved Up with this thrilling episode of Breaking the Curtain! Introducing the Bat Out of Hell the Musical Reunion with special guests: DANIELLE STEERS (ZAHARA), BEN PURKISS (HOFFMAN/STRAT), AND SIMON GORDON (ESQUIVEL/STRAT)! Join us as we chat all things Bat Out of Hell from on-stage mishaps, character backgrounds, hilarious in-audience stories, and MORE!
January 30, 2021
Ep12 - Show Herstory: SIX
Divorced. Beheaded. Died. Divorced. Beheaded. Survived... Podcast listeners, we are LIVE! Breaking the Curtain presents another thrilling Show History episode all about the fan favourite musical, SIX! In this 30 minute episode, the stagey ladies explore the musical as well as The Real Housewives of Henry VIII!
January 10, 2021
Ep 11 - Show History: RENT
December 24th, 9pm... Christmas Bells are RINGING! Breaking the Curtain presents their Show History episode in the 'Shows That Sleigh' Series all about RENT in this 25 minute episode exploring the life of Jonathan Larson and creation of RENT, along with interesting facts and personal experiences through loving the musical!
December 24, 2020
Ep10 - December Updates: Podcast Rebranding!
We're back! Did you miss us? We've rebranded our podcast and now we're back to bring you more stagey goodness!
December 23, 2020
Ep9 - Breaking the Curtain: Getting to Know You
Happy November! In this episode, the Breaking the Curtain gals answer stagey questions in a segment called Getting to Know You! Tune in to find out our favourite musicals to our funniest theatre memories!
November 03, 2020
Ep8 - Getting Spooky with Haunted Theatres
Ghouls, Gremlins, Ghosts... Are you ready for the final episode in our Stagey Spooks Series?! We take a deep dive into haunted theatres all around the world, as well as a look into those who inhabit them. 'Ghost Stories Incorporated - Alone With Your Voices'
October 31, 2020
Ep7 - Show History: THE ROCKY HORROR SHOW
In the fourth episode of the Stagey Spooks Series, we're here to take you on a strange journey as we break down the show history of one of our all-time favourite musicals: The Rocky Horror Show!
October 25, 2020
Ep6 - Show History: BEETLEJUICE THE MUSICAL
Hi! We'll be your guides... We'll be your G-U-I-D-E-S until the end of this Podcast! We're back with the third episode in our Stagey Spooks Series... This week we're jumping beneath our floorboard and heading to the Netherworld as we discuss Beetlejuice!
October 20, 2020
Ep5 - Let's Babble About... TONY NOMINATIONS!
In this first edition of 'Let's Babble About...' we' discuss the 2020 TONY NOMINATIONS!
October 17, 2020
Ep4 - Show History: CARRIE THE MUSICAL
We're back with another episode in the Stagey Spooks Series! This week, we're taking you all the way back to 1988 with Broadway's Biggest Flop... Carrie! Oh, yes, you will remember her name after this episode! Hold onto your boutonniere, this prom themed musical is going to be one you'll never forget. *Theme song by William Karras @williamkarras
October 10, 2020
Ep3 - Show History: WICKED
GOOD NEWS... This is the very first episode of our Stagey Spooks Series! For the month of October, we'll be bringing the show history and stories behind all of our favourite spooky musicals. Kicking things off is everyones favourite musical... Wicked! Join us as we discuss the magic behind one of Broadway's best selling musicals!
September 30, 2020
Ep2 - Bat Chats about BAT OUT OF HELL
This episode is all about our adventures attending Jim Steinman's Bat Out of Hell the Musical! Join us as we discuss the changes made between runs, the origin of the musical, answer your questions, and chat about our own experiences attending. Did you know, combined, we've seen the show 27 times?! Bananas!
September 22, 2020
Ep1 - A Rockin' Conversation with GIOVANNI SPANO
In this very special first episode of Breaking the Curtain, we are joined by performer, Giovanni Spano! We sat down to chat with Gio all about his time in Bat Out of Hell the Musical as well as the X-Factor.
August 17, 2020